What We Love
- Upscale beachfront stay at the first Nordic balneological health resort, with a supersized spaStaying right by the beach in Larvik, with Oslo within driving distance
- Blissing out in the supersized spa, the largest in Scandinavia at 2,500 square metres
- Booking yoga, body-balancing and meditation classes at the brilliant on-site gym
What To Know
- The Larvik Museum and Larvik Train Station are just a 5- and 10-minute walk away respectively
- You Can arrange mediation classes and walking tours through the hotel
- Free WiFi
It’s unexpectedly cool at this futuristic property in the under-the-radar town of Larvik, on Norway’s south coast. Opened in 2009, it’s fast become a go-to spot for guests seeking a relaxed stay with beach access and top-notch pampering. And best of all, it’s within driving distance from Oslo – Norway’s easy-going capital offering endless amounts of breathtaking natural landscapes.
Farris Bas is the first Nordic balneological health resort – so, as you may expect, it’s the expansive, 27,000-sq.-ft. on-site spa that truly steals the show here. Features including a swimming pool, Turkish bath, sauna, hot tubs and a plethora of treatments ranging from couples massages to signature facials. You’ll have a chance to indulge in utter tranquillity, as you take in the gorgeous and calming views out to the sea.
When it comes to dining, Farris Bad has it covered with a signature restaurant showcasing sophisticated Norwegian-influenced fare created with locally-produced and mostly organic ingredients. There’s also a bar for cocktails and craft beers, a brilliant gym for cardio workouts and scheduled classes, and 176 guest rooms and suites assuring minimalist-inspired, contemporary decor, coupled with plenty of living space and ample mod cons.
How to Get There
We were looking forward to our first stay at Farris Bad but ended up dissapointed.
We stayd for 1 night and had the «tid for kjærlighet» package with a deluxe room with ocean view.
When we checked in at 16:15 we had eaten a late lunch, as we a week in advance had booked and confirmed dinner reservations for 20:15 that evening. But as we checked in the reception told us dinner was at 18:00. I showed them our confirmation for 20:15, and they said the restaurant was full but they should see what they could do and call to the room and inform us. They did not say sorry or apologize at all.
Also when checking in they did not ask us if this was our first stay and then give any information about the hotel, for example where the spa was, where the restaurant was, they only pointed to the elevator for the rooms. And said its smart to check out early the following day, as there could be a lot of people and a que at 12:00.
They neglected to check that we had late check out upgrade so we weren’t checking out until 14:00.
We then got two armwrists with chips that were keys for the room and other arena’s at the hotel such as spa. When we left the reception and went to our room only one of the armwrists was working. When we went back to the reception to inform them once again there was no apology at all. Just a «i need both wrists to check» and «now, they both work».
The deluxe room with ocean view was quite small, and it was kind of dirty and worn, the ocean view was very nice, but a «deluxe feeling» was missing.
A while after check in the reception called our room and told us we now had dinner at 21:00. That was ok with us, although it took over an hour after check in mess, until they confirmed.
When coming to the restaurant at 21:00, it was 2/3 full only, so we had big trouble understanding their reservation problems earlier.
The food for dinner was excellent, however it was a looooong wait between courses. Even a close to 10 minute wait when asking for the bill.
Breakfast was ok, but for example eggs were almost not boiled at all (egg white hardly even white). Tables weren’t cleaned fast after guests leaving, so birds came and started eating from the tables outside and other guests had to scare then away, while Farris Bad staff walked by doing nothing. And empty serving trays of food wasn’t replaced until guests complained about them being empty.
All in all quite a dissapointing stay at Farris Bad. And not value for money for us, as its quite on the expensive side. We expected more.
Biggest dissapointment was the reception.
Biggest advantage, ocean view from hotel room.
My husband and I spent an evening at the spa. If you arrive after 6pm you get a discounted rate on weekdays. The spa has lots of options in saunas, pools, jacuzzi (indoor and outdoor) and rituals. Even without booking any treatments you can spend several hours of relaxation. Perfect luxury treat mid week or as an alternative to date night! We ended the evening with a drink at the patio outside the restaurant. Great view from the spa and restaurant!
Beautiful spa! The premises feel exclusive and relaxing. The spa might appear small, but it is more extensive that it looks. Make sure to avoid the busiest days/time of day to achieve maximum relaxation. Hot tip: enter the spa when it opens and go to “spaøya” to enjoy peace and quiet plus a magnificent view.
I recommend trying one of the many sauna-rituals the spa offers (free of charge). Check out the schedule and show up a bit earlier to make sure you get a seat. I attended a ritual in the herbal sauna. Great concept, but it should last a bit longer to avoid a stressful assembly line feeling.
P.S. information regarding swimwear in the saunas is confusing. As a guest it is easy to get confused by the conflicting messages. 1. On the website guest are informed to cover themselves in the sauna with a peshtemal, towel or swimsuit. 2. In the spa the information posters recommend guests to drop the swimsuit and to use a peshtemal or towel. 3. Employees in the spa walk around and communicate to guests that swimsuits are not allowed inside the saunas.
It was a great place to relax. Spa area has plenty of different things for us to enjoy the relaxation. No guests under 16 and no electronic device is the best policy to make people relax in a quiet and peaceful place. The bed in the room was good, the food at restaurant was creative. The breakfast was BEST!! Sweetest melon in Norway and those healthy veggie/fruity shots are great!! Even fish oil! A place to feel healthy!
Location, spa, food and service as good as you could expect.
However, the suite we had was very dusty and not very clean. On our second day we asked the front desk to send up house keeping late in the afternoon, only to find room tidied but not cleaned. Dust everywhere!
At a cost of over 800 €/night not worth it.